Kirsten Vangsness
Penelope Garcia in CRIMINAL MINDS

Prior to joining the cast of CRIMINAL MINDS, Vangsness’ previous television credits include “Phil of the Future” and “LAX.” 

A two-time Golden Betty Award winner, Vangsness started her acting career in the theatre and maintains a strong relationship with her roots.  She is a continuing acting member and board of directors member of Theatre of NOTE, a critically acclaimed Hollywood theatre company.  In 2012, Vangness wrote, produced and starred in her first full-length play, “Potential Space,” wrote a new short play, “The Block of Thoon,” and performed her one-woman show “Mess” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Vangness can also be heard reading short stories with Isaiah Sheffer on the Symphony Space/PRI program “Selected Shorts” and on the podcasts of “The Thrilling Adventure Hour”.  Currently, she is starring in season three of the web series “Pretty” (, of which she is also a producer, “Vampire Mob” ( and “Shelf Life” ( 

Vangness is also the executive producer and star of the independent noir/comedy film “Kill Me, Deadly.”  Her other film credits include the independent film “A-List” and the comedic thriller “In My Sleep.”

An avid soup maker and voracious pleasure-seeker, Vangsness is a native Californian, who is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and resides in Los Angeles.  Her birth date is July 7.  Follow her on Twitter at @Vangsness.